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[The Duel will come out with a $10 parlay angle every day, tracking success on a rolling seven-day span. In the last seven days, The Duel staff has gone 2-5 in parlay bets with a -$15.46 payout differential. Overall, we're -$66.68].


Game 1: Temple Owls (+12.5, -110), @ No. 12 UCF Knights (-12.5, -110), 7:30 p.m. EST

The first College Football Playoff Poll of the 2018 season mirrored much of last year's release as far as disrespect is concerned for an undefeated UCF team -- the Knights dropped from their AP Poll No. 10 spot to the No. 12 spot.

No matter what the Knights seem to do, they can't get the attention nor respect they think they deserve from the CFP Committee. So, there's only one thing the Knights can do about it. Keep trying to prove themselves on the field with big performances. Plus, Temple has been hit or miss as far as showing up to play from week to week. 


Game 2: Oakland Raiders (+120) @ San Francisco 49ers (-136), 8:20 p.m. EST 

The Raiders really haven't done anything to warrant confidence against any opponents following a 1-6 start that has included the departure of two former first-round picks in Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack. But new head coach Jon Gruden needs a win badly. 

Even though both 49ers running backs Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert have gone from questionable to expected to play tonight, Thursday night seems as good a chance as any to get a road win for the Raiders, considering they're not going far across the Bay Area from Oakland to Santa Clara. However, the biggest factor in tonight's game will be whether 49ers QB C.J. Beathard (questionable) makes the start, or if San Francisco will have to resort to third-string QB Nick Mullens. The good money will likely go on Oakland.


$10 Parlay Payout = $32.00


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